|The Ed Sullivan Show - 21 May 1961|
An episode of "The Ed Sullivan Show" complete with commercials. With Jerry Lewis, Sandy Stewart, Phil Harris, a woman doing tricks on a bike, a spoof magic act, a Juggler, some dancers, and some very suspicious camera work doing the Phil Harris segment. Please don't upload this to YouTube, as some idiots who will claim copyright on it, even though it's public domain.
Keywords: The Ed Sullivan Show; Big Shoe; Jerry Lewis; Variety Show; 1961; 1960s; Classic TV; Television
Downloads: 9,120 (5 reviews)
|''The Colgate Comedy Hour'' - 21 February 1954|
An episode of "The Colgate Comedy Hour" with host Gene Wesson, and special guests Sonja Henie, Abbott & Costello, and a bunch of other people. Contains the original commrcials for Colgate-Palmolive products!
Keywords: Classic TV; Television; 1950s; 50s; Fifties; Variety Series; Variety Show
|''The Pat Boone-Chevy Showroom'' - 13 February 1958|
An episode of "The Pat Boone-Chevy Showroom", with host Pat Boone and guests Gina Lollobrigida and Jimmy Dean. This copy is missing the chevy ads.
Keywords: Classic TV; Television; 1950s; 50s; Fifties; Pat Boone; Gina Lollobrigida; Jimmy Dean; Variety Series; Variety Show; ABC
|Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts - 3 August 1953|
An unusual episode of "Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts". Arthur, as usual, blabs a lot during the episode. His guests include an unfortunately-named singing trio, a pianist, and an opera singer. Before each segment Arthur blabs a lot. Also includes the original commercial! That's not a typo! Just one commercial during the entire 30 minutes! Wow! Also, Arthur blabs a lot. Warning: Picture quality is so bad your eyes will bleed.
Keywords: Classic TV; Television; Variety Series; Variety Show; 1950s; 50s; Fifties; Blab; Blabs; Blabbermouth; Arthur Godfrey
|''The Colgate Comedy Hour'' - 19 September 1954|
An episode of "The Colgate Comedy Hour", with host Eddie Fisher, and the following guests: comedy-music group The Vagabonds, singer Peggy Lee, ballet dancers Maria Tallchief & Frederic Franklin, violinist Mischa Elman, singer & trumpet player Louis Armstrong, and boxer Rocky Marciano.
Keywords: Classic TV; Variety Show; Variety Series; Peggy Lee; Louis Armstrong; Eddie Fisher; The Colgate Comedy Hour; Colgate Comedy Hour
Downloads: 1,173 (2 reviews)
|''Frankie Laine Time'' - 24 August 1955|
Variety series. Frankie Laine starts off by singing "Mule Train", complete with whip. His guests include singer Sheila Bond, comedienne Jean Carroll, and singer Polly Bergen. (please forgive the poor picture quality).
Keywords: Classic TV; Television; Variety; Variety show; Frankie Laine Time; Frankie Laine; Classic Television; Music; Sheila Bond; Jean Carroll; Polly Bergen
|''Frankie Laine Time'' - 5 September 1956|
An episode of the summer replacement variety series "Frankie Laine Time". Guests include the singer popular with youth (Johnnie Ray), the comedian (Gene Baylos), the dancer (???), the obscure traditional pop singer (Ann Gilbert), and the token African-American (Eddie Heywood). Most variety show episodes give you 1 or 2 of these things, this one gives you all five!
Keywords: Classic TV; Television; Variety Show; Variety Series; Frankie Laine; Frankie Laine Time; Summer Replacement; Johnnie Ray; Ann Gilbert; Eddie Heywood
|''The Polly Bergen Show'' - 8 March 1958|
An episode of "The Polly Bergen Show", a fornightly variety series broadcast on NBC. This episode features Jack Paar as her guest. Lots of music and some comedy. Commercials intact, which are for Max Factor make-up products and Oasis cigarettes. I am pretty sure this is public domain, but if not, please let me know and I'll have it removed.
Keywords: Classic TV; Variety show; 1950s; 50s; Fifties; The Polly Bergen Show; Polly Bergen; Jack Paar; Singer; Song; Comedy
|''The Milton Berle Show'' - 13 March 1956|
An episode of the comedy-variety series "The Milton Berle Show", with guest stars Zsa Zsa Gabor, Denise Darcel, The Four Step Brothers, and The Seven Ashtons. This is a B&W copy of a color telecast, with the color version being lost.
Keywords: Classic TV; Television; 1950s; 50s; Fifties; The Milton Berle Show; Zsa Zsa Gabor; Variety Series; Variety Show
|''Texaco Star Theater'' - 29 November 1949|
An episode of the hugely popular comedy-variety series "Texaco Star Theater". Hosted by Milton Berle, this was one of the first "hit" television series. Please note that short sections of this episode are missing (most notably in the middle of the dance act)
Keywords: Classic TV; Television; Early Television; 1940s; 40s; 1940s TV; 1940s Television; Comedy; Variety Show; Variety Series
|''Cavalcade of Stars'' - Fragments|
Fragmentary footage (possibly from two different episodes) of the DuMont Television Network series "Cavalcade of Stars", with Jackie Gleason. Please forgive the painfully bad picture & sound quality. Segments include: June Taylor dancers, Jackie Gleason stand-up comedy, Jane Pickens sings two songs, "The Bachelor" sketch, June Taylor dancers, Lysol commercial, Novelty comedy trio (contains mild stereotypical image), Spoof of product testing.
Keywords: Cavalcade of Stars; Jackie Gleason; 1950s; 50s; Fifties; Classic TV; Variety Show; Variety Series; June Taylor Dancers; DuMont Network; DuMont Television Network; Jane Pickens
|1957 CBS-TV Special ''The Edsel Show'' with Guests|
A 1957 CBS Television Network special called "The Edsel Show". With special guests Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Louis Armstrong, and Rosemary Clooney. This is a good quality kinescope of the original broadcast. Lots of musical performances. Also features original commercials.
Keywords: Classic TV; Television; 1950s; 1950's; 50s; 50's; Fifties; 1957; CBS; CBS Television Network; Columbia Broadcasting System; Musical; Variety Show; Culture; Cultural; Pop music
Downloads: 5,799 (2 reviews)
|''The George Gobel Show'' - 2 October 1954|
An episode of the popular NBC comedy series "The George Gobel Show". This is the first episode of the show. His guests are Peggy King and Fred MacMurray (who is told by Gobel to do NOTHING during the episode, since he is their guest). Complete with original commercials.
Keywords: Classic TV; Television; 1950s; 50s; Fifties; Comedy; Variety Series; Variety Show; Popular; NBC; The George Gobel Show; LOL; Fabulous Fifties
|''The Liberace Show'' - Great Personalities|
An episode of "Liberace" from 1954. Liberace's guests in this episode include Nick Lucas and Gilda Gray. Lots of music and a few surprises. (I am having problems with my DVD ripper. If the audio is out of sync, please tell me so I can fix it)
Keywords: Classic TV; Television; 1950s; 50s; Fifties; Liberace; The Liberace Show; Nick Lucas; Piano; Pianist; Variety Show; Variety Series; Popular Music
Downloads: 1,537 (1 review)
|''The Polly Bergen Show'' - 22 March 1958|
An episode of NBC's variety series "The Polly Bergen Show". Her guest in this episode is Johnny Carson, star of ABC's "Do You Trust Your Wife", who provides some interestingly dated humor. Commercials for Max Factor are intact. Please note that the picture quality is pretty poor and has an odd green tint.
Keywords: Classic TV; Television; 1950s; 50s; Fifties; The Polly Bergen Show; Polly Bergen; Johnny Carson; Variety show; Variety; Music; Comedy; Humor
|''The Perry Como Show'' - 19 January 1957|
An episode of "The Perry Como Show", a popular variety series. This episode features guests Jeff Chandler, The Mills Brothers, and George Gobel. Lots of great music, some great comedy, along with some not so great comedy. Hey, at least the studio audience seem to be enjoying themselves. Please note that this video has a fault at 42:33 (please let me know if there is any problems with this file, such as the sync)
Keywords: Classic TV; Television; Variety show; Variety series; The Perry Como Show; The Mills Brothers; Jeff Chandler; George Gobel; 1950s; 50s; Fifties; Music; Comedy
|''The Dinah Shore Chevy Show'' - 4 October 1959|
An episode of "The Dinah Shore Chevy Show", a popular television variety series. This episode features her guests Groucho Marx, Gwen Verdon and Ingemar Johansson, and more. A lively mix of music, comedy and dancing, plus the Chevrolet commercials. Note: This is a black-and-white copy of a color/colour NBC broadcast. I don't have the colour version. (note: I am worried this video may freeze duing playing...
Keywords: Classic TV; Television; Variety show; Variety series; The Dinah Shore Chevy Show; 1950s; 50s; Fifties; Groucho Marx; Dinah Shore; Gwen Verdon; Ingemar Johansson; Music; Singer; Chevrolet
Downloads: 1,553 (1 review)
|''Cavalcade of Stars'' - 2 September 1950, 19 August 1950|
The surviving footage from two episodes of DuMont's variety series "Cavalcade of Stars" starring Jackie Gleason. To my knowledge, neither episode survives complete. Please forgive the very poor picture quality. Guest include: vaudeville duo Smith & Dale, singer Gracie Barrie, singer Donald Richards, pianist Victor Borge, and Frances Langford. Gleason barely appears in the surviving footage. The picture quality from a worn-out tape is so horrible that your eyes will bleed and you will want your e...
Keywords: Cavalcade of Stars; Jackie Gleason; 1950s; 50s; Fifties; DuMont Network; DuMont Television Network; Bad Picture Quality; Crappy Picture Quality; My Eyes are Bleeding; Variety Series; Variety Show; Old; Smith & Dale; June Taylor Dancers
|''The Chevy Show'' - 10 April 1956|
I checked an old TV listing which confirms the date. This variety program includes Dinah Shore, Dean Martin, Johnny Silver, Stubby Kaye, plus Marge and Gower Champion. Lots of singing, dancing and comedy. Also included are original Chevrolet commercials. (note: the sound and picture quality aren't so good, with some major issues during the final segment. Please be aware of this).
Keywords: Classic TV; Television; 1950s; 50s; Fifties; The Dinah Shore Chevy Show; Dinah Shore; Dean Martin; Johnny Silver; Stubby Kaye; Marge Champion; Gower Champion; Singer; Dancer; Chevrolet; Variety show; Variety series; Comedy
|''The Big Party'' - 8 October 1959|
An episode of the late-1950s variety series "The Big Party". Each episode was a whopping 90 minutes. In this episode, Rock Hudson throws a party, his guests include the multi-talented Sammy Davis Jr. (is there anything he can't do?), Tallulah Bankhead, an under-used Esther Williams, a surprising (by 1959 TV standards) Mort Sahl, and other celebrities. Barbara Britton is also around to give us lots of Revlon commercials, and was the only recurring cast member in the short-lived series.
Keywords: Classic TV; Television; Variety Show; Variety Series; The Big Party; Rock Hudson; Sammy Davis Jr; Tallulah Bankhead; Esther Williams; Mort Sahl; Barbara Britton; Revlon; 1950s; 50s; Fifties; 1959; Live television; Party
Downloads: 477 (1 review)
|''Texaco Star Theater'' - 22 March 1949|
An episode of "Texaco Star Theater", a very popular comedy-variety series starring Milton Berle. His guests in this episode include singer Ethel Merman, actor Keye Luke, tap-dancer Teddy Hale, and acrobats Los Gottos. The final segment features songwriters singing their songs. Original commercials intact. (I had some problems while uploading the file...I hope the upload turned out OK)
Keywords: Texaco Star Theater; 1940s Television; Early Television; Milton Berle; Ethel Merman; Keye Luke; Teddy Hale; Los Gottos; Songwriter; Songwriters; Variety; Music; Variety show; Classic TV; Classic Television; Live Television; Kinescope
Downloads: 1,342 (1 review)
|''The Big Record'' - 27th November 1957|
An episode of the 1957-1958 CBS variety series "The Big Record", starring Patti Page, and guest-starring Georgia Gibbs, Walter Slezak, The Shepherd Sisters, Guylaine Guy, Erroll Garner, and special guest star Johnnie Ray. Also containing original commercials for Oldsmobile, Pillsbury, Golden Dial soap, and Kellogg's Special K. The first-half of the 60-minute episodes competed against "Disneyland" and "Wagon Train", while the second-half competed against "Tombstone Territory" and "Father Knows Be...
Keywords: Classic TV; Television; Patti Page; Johnnie Ray; Georgia Gibbs; Oldsmobile; Variety Series; Variety Show; Music; 1950s Music; 50s Music; Fifties Music; Classic Television; Short-Lived; Live TV; Live Television; Hits; Flop; Flops
|The Colgate Comedy Hour - 1 April 1951|
An episode of the popular NBC series "The Colgate Comedy Hour", featuring the famous Eddie Cantor. The episode promises "new talent", some of which you've heard of (such as Eddie Fisher and William Warfield), and some of which you haven't (such as Tony and Eddy). In any case, a diverse range of talent appears, both high-brow and low-brow. The picture quality is very poor, though. According to an article in Variety magazine from 14 November 1951, the series cost $40,000 per an episode to produce ...
Keywords: Classic TV; Television; 1950s; 50s; Fifties; Classic Television; Live TV; Live Television; Eddie Cantor; Variety Series; Variety Show; 1951; Fabulous Fifties; Talented People; Popular; Old; Retro; Colgate Comedy Hour; The Colgate Comedy Hour